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Northern CA PPSR Projects 1

Welcome to our ongoing effort to catalog citizen science and other public participation in scientific research (PPSR) projects for UC California Naturalists and other citizen scientists.  We invite you to browse the listed projects or enter key words (like birds, youth, invasive, coast, Alameda, etc.) in the search box above to find projects in your area. It's a great way to stay involved and keep developing your skills as a natural scientist!

A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date. We encourage you to contact projects directly to get involved and learn about most recent opportunities. If you work with a listed project and would like to add to, update, or correct the information we have, please email Also, please consider filling out the "PPSR perspectives" survey. Click here to access the survey, which will help guide this project in the coming year.

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

Special thanks goes to the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education program and the Stephen J. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for supporting this database of projects.

Communities for Better Environment (CBE) Research Team

Organization Name
Communities for a Better Environment
Organization Website
multiple community organizations and agencies
Contact Name
Nile Malloy, Northern California Program Director
Contact Email
Contact Phone
510 302 0430
Other Contact Information

For project and community contacts, see:

Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Examine the environmental and health harms that result from unaddressed injustices and weaknesses, such as:

  • the heavy concentration of polluters in CBE communities;
  • our society’s continuing reliance on fossil fuels;
  • flaws in our regulatory system.
Participant Activities

Participant activities vary by project. See for examples of past projects. 

Data Entry
  • Unknown
Other Participant Activities

In addition to documenting the problems, CBE’s researchers also recommend actions that  agencies, regulators, and policy makers can take to improve conditions in these communities. 

Participants can join these activities as legal interns, advocates, and in other roles. See for opportunities.

System Studied
  • Water Quality
  • Air Quality
  • Climate Change
  • Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
  • Pollution Clean-up or Monitoring
Geographic Scope
Northern California
Communities in and around Oakland, Richmond and the Bay Area
Location - Map
1904 Franklin Street, Ste 600 Oakland, CA 94612
Time Commitment
  • Unknown
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training
Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?

Reports, fact sheets, and guideas produced with project data are published on CBE's website:

Findings are used in communication with agencies, local decision makers, and community members.

Other Information

CBE also has offices and projects based out of Huntingon Park and Wilmington, CA. 

last update:

If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

This database is focused on projects in California focused on the environment. For opportunities outside California, as well as national projects that don't have a California-specific components, check

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